During Mason's first meeting with the Brackett Tigers on Friday night, the south Texas team proved that they will be a formidable force in the district. They played a great evening of football during this introductory matchup, and the Punchers still managed to chalk up another victory.
During the first quarter of play, Brackett puts lots of pressure on the Mason defense, and kept the heat on the Puncher offense play after play. It would take repeated possessions, and almost eight minutes of play, before the Mason team was finally able to break free and score on a 23-yard run by Rio Schmidt. The PAT attempt was not good, and the Punchers led 6-0 with 4:16 left in the quarter.
The second quarter of play saw the Punchers discovering how to slow down the Brackett offense, and how to finally start punching through their defense. Four minutes into the second quarter, Mason inched down the field and finally scored on a Schmidt short carry to put the score at 12-0. The Punchers attempted a fun for the extra points; but, were unsuccessful.
The next two scores for Mason could be referred to as the "Twin Plays," as brothers Luis and Miguel Castillo showed off their skill and pluck for the Punchers.
First, it would be Luis on a 19-yard run, followed by the PAT to put the score at 19-0 with 3:08 left in the half. Shortly afterward, Brackett would lose possession of the ball and Miguel Castillo would take a 34-yard run after a pass from Elliott Bibb. The PAT was again good, and the score was 26-0 with only 1:06 left to play before half.
In the third quarter, Brackett returned to the field with a renewed energy and a desire to hold the Punchers away from the goal. They would be successful for half of that quarter before Raul Silguero carried in the ball for the Punchers, topped with the PAT, and putting the score at 33-0 with 6:13 of play left in the third.
Mason was unable to score again in the third; but, Brackett was finally able to get on the board with only seconds of play remaining when they slipped across the goal with 21 seconds of play left. Their PAT was no good and the score was 33-6 going into the final quarter.
The last period of play belonged to the Punchers. They scored on their first possession of the period on a run by Rio Schmidt. He provided the PAT and the score was 40-6 with 11:25 of play left in the game.
The last score of the night belonged to Miguel Castillo. He took a 28-yard pass from Bibb, Schmidt provided the PAT, and the score was 47-6 with 6:50 left in the game. That is where it would remain for the rest of the night.
The win gave the Punchers the district title, even though they still have this week's homecoming game against Center Point to finish their district schedule.
Rio Schmidt racked up 22 carries on Friday for 90 yards.
Elliott Bibb had 7 carries for 61 yards.
Raul Silguero had 4 carries for 22 yards.
Luis Castillo had 3 carries for 55 yards.
Rylee Owens had 2 carries for 4 yards.
Austin Eckert had 4 carries for 14 yards.
Elliott Bibb completed 5 of 12 passes for a total of 103 yards and two touchdowns.